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  • #21254

    CTO30Sailor
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    Are there any specs available on trailer set-up i.e., bunk height?

    Practical insights appreciated as well.

    #21306

    SWG
    Keymaster

    What do you mean by ‘bunk height’?

    #21308

    CTO30Sailor
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    Trying to avoid overspecification but “bunk height” is a catchall for the combination of height and span between bunks, which varies from fore to aft.

    Is there an optimal configuration for where the bunks should support the hull?

    Are there any standard or recommended specifications?

    #21309

    SWG
    Keymaster

    OK. You’re calling the things that support the hull ‘bunks’. I’ve never heard them called bunks before. I would call them pads.

    I’ve seen so many trailers over the years, scores of configurations. I can try to dig through photos and find more references of what are proper trailers. Lots of improvised, adapted stuff out there. The trailer for our boat was professionally built and is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s correctly long at the stern, the boat should not overhang the trailer but most do. On this trailer the only change I would make is shortening the posts slightly so it’s easier to remove the pads for hull painting – we remove one pad at a time to paint the anti-fouling in the spring.

    Maybe you can use this image at scale to get rough measurements.

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    #21311

    SWG
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    Another trailer I’d use for reference is this one, it’s custom built for ‘The Source’ and has some really great details. I love how the support struts are adjustable so you can move the pads in and out. Looks very expensive to build. I have lots of photos of this trailer. Even this one is not long enough at the stern, ends well short of the transom.

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    #21313

    SWG
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    ‘Source’ trailer uses two pads (aka bunks) at the front instead of the single vee-shaped one. I don’t think there’s any big benefit to either setup.

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    #21315

    CTO30Sailor
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    Thank you, helpful – very nice looking boats and trailers.

    Those are indeed pads; what I’m dealing with are two pads/bunks – one on each side – that run most of the length of the hull.

    #21316

    SWG
    Keymaster

    I understand what you mean now. I have never seen an Olson 30 trailer of that style.

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